Cheaper iPhone Data Plans? Yes, Please!

By  |  Monday, May 18, 2009 at 12:06 pm

I’m not sure if there’s a guiding principle at work with the evolution of pricing for mobile-phone data plans, but if there is, it sure isn’t Moore Law–the $30 I plunk down each month for unlimited data for my iPhone is 50 percent more than what I paid a few years ago with my first smartphone, a Treo 650. But BusinessWeek has published an encouraging report that AT&T is considering lowering the cost of iPhone data or introducing a $20 plan for something less than all-you-can eat access. Not surprisingly, the folks who have snapped up iPhones to date tend to be a pretty affluent bunch, and AT&T is worried that it may be running out of propserous customers to sell new phones to.

I hope very much that the carrier does chop prices–but that it does so by simply instituting a price cut for unlimited data rather than adding a cheaper, capped option. Smartphones are pocketable PCs, and using one with anything less than all-you-can eat data is like a trip back to the era when people paid for AOL by the hour and kept a nervous eyeball on the meter at all times. You gotta think that if AT&T reduces the cost of unlimited data, it can sell more than enough additional iPhones to end up making more money than it does today at current rates. It would be a boon for AT&T, for new customers, and for those of us who would be happy to renew our contracts at a lower rate. Come to think of it, it would also benefit customers of other carriers, since cheaper iPhones would require other providers to respond with price cuts.


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3 Comments For This Post

  1. Cyrus Farivar Says:

    T-Mob offers unlimited EDGE service for $20. 🙂

  2. Benj Edwards Says:

    The only thing stopping me from buying an iPhone is the fact that it costs $70 a month (last time I checked) minimum for the cheapest plan. It seems to me that either iPhone owners are very affluent or very broke. 🙂 Of course, there’s a third option: they’re just willing to pay a lot for the service.

  3. Melissa Says:

    Yeah thier data plans are way too expensive, lets also include the fact that if you get that phone you MUST sign up, even if you dont use them, for those other data transfering plans, not really fair to the average consumer…Anyways on that subject, this might be interesting for a topic…You guys should check this out, Second Voice is a service that offeres you to have 2 cell phone numbers and 2 voice mails in one phone. Take a look, thought it might be interesting.

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